An essay is not like a mystery novel which keeps the reader in suspense; it should not slowly reveal the argument to the reader.
Instead, the contention and supporting arguments are usually stated in the introduction.
The Plantation of Ulster was unique among Irish plantations in that it set out to attract colonists of all classes from England, Scotland and Wales by generous offers of land.
Essentially it sought to transplant a society to Ireland.
The following chapter has been contributed by the author, John Darby, from the book 'Facets of the Conflict in Northern Ireland', with the permission of the editor, Seamus Dunn, and the publishers, Macmillan Press Ltd..
The views expressed in this chapter do not necessarily reflect the views of the members of the CAIN Project.
The introduction usually starts by providing some background information to your particular topic, so the reader understands the key problem being addressed and why it is an issue worth writing about.
However, it is important that this is brief and that you only include information that is directly relevant to the topic.
The Ulster clans, under Hugh O'Neill, had succeeded in overcoming their instinctive rivalries to create an effective alliance against Elizabeth's armies.
After a long and damaging campaign, Ulster was eventually brought under English control and the Irish leaders left the island for Europe.